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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Comedy | Thriller  -  10 April 1993 (USA)
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Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »

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Terry Harper
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Verna Heath
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Troy McKinney
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Shane Harper (as Frederick Koehler)
Megan Berwick ...
Amber Heath
Kathleen Marie Archer ...
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Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

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She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975). See more »

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Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »

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Verna Heath: Shanna is the symptom. Her mother is the disease.
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credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »

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References A Current Affair (1986) See more »

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Friendly Fire
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Paul Evans
Arranged by John Miller
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Intelligent and thought-provoking satire on the media.
10 January 2000 | by (Ottawa, Ontario) – See all my reviews

"The Positively True Adventures..." is a surprisingly smart and effective look at how power-hungry and ruthless the media can be on such a small matter. Even though the film looks like a screwball comedy, it's actually a satire not far from the similarly themed "To Die For".

Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges are excellent in their roles, deserving the praise and awards they got for them. Even though the documentary-style outtakes are distracting at first, it shows that Hunter can easily become the character she's portraying.

The last half hour of the film is the best, when the central characters are all being confronted by the media to sell their stories, and most major networks are planning to make a movie. Hunter's character claims that she doesn't want her life to be made into a cheesy TV movie-of-the-week, and it hasn't: it's been made into an intelligent satirical look at the mass media. 8/10.


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